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Beginnings is a fictional novel, biographic in nature, that tells in the third person the story of the main proragonist, Eleanor, who is a seventeen year-old, whose mother has died, and whose father is a London gangster.
Eleanor's father gets caught up in a turf war between his boss and an up-and-coming brural interloper called Dominic.
Eleanor's father has go away for a while to escape almost certain death, so leaves his daughter with his boss, who places her with a shady couple, just before he dies or gets killed.
Completely unprotected in the underworld, this is where things start to go seriously wrong for Eleanor. She spends a little while in an East-End brothel, where she too incurs Dominic's wrath by escaping and helping a male, fellow prisoner to leave with her, which is the beginning of a beautiful but short relationship
Beginnings is the first part of the saga of Eleanor.
Beginnings has been well, but not perfectly edited, and would benefit from a reread, as would most books. The title is appropriate, but the name of the series is not immediately so. One can only assume that some of the same characters also appear in later volumes. The same goes for the meaning of the cover. The characters are well-drawn and plausible, if some of the language is not. For example, Miss Christmas has several rooms lingering behind doors, and two teenage white brothers calling each other bro in the Seventies. I don't remember any Brit, white or black using that term in those days.
I enjoyed Beginnings, of the series Same Face, Different Place, by Helen J. Christmas, give it full marks and urge you to read it if you like this type of genre-spanning epic.
As to not give away any spoilers I am not going to post this review about the book but about the authors writing style. Helen Christmas has done an Amazing job of writing about a time in which gangs and turf wars where in full bloom.Organized crime was at an all time High in London and was not able to be controlled by Law Enforcement due to being able to be paid off so well. Helen Christmas has done a great amount of research and has written a truly gripping story. This story is full of page after page of heartbreak, suspense and how even when one person is put endanger they will still help someone else. While reading you will find yourself loving and connecting with the characters and will even find yourself second guessing the villains at times. Just when you think you have reached the point of pure disgust at the main evil character you might think twice. Even they have the tendency to surprise you at times.
I loved this story and looking forward to reading Book 2 in the series. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who Loves crime stories with a little bit of romance to tie
it all neatly together.
Melissa Williams Brown ~WaAr~
By Author Helen Christmas
Reading this has been a journey of emotions for me. At times I was infuriatingly annoyed, emotionally distraught and often times afraid. Then other times I was overwhelmingly optimistic, and truly wanted to punch somebody or at the very least slap some sense into someone. The storyline was riveting and amazingly brilliant.
It took me some time because it was so emotionally charged that I had to put it down and walk away for a bit. Then I would pick it up again until I had to put it down and walk away again.
It takes a truly amazing and talented writer to take their readers through such a maze of emotions and keep them returning to read until the very end. The main character (Eleanor) at times stirred my heart as well as made me want to smack her hard, for some of her choices and actions. But then I had to keep reminding myself that she was a teenager. But then after a while I wanted to shake her and tell her to snap out of it, and ask her to please stop hitting her head against the brick wall in front of her, over and over again.
Author Helen Christmas in her brilliant novel, takes her readers into a world of organized crime in the UK, innocence broken, Love and tragedy that makes its way into our hearts and souls. A truly Amazing Read!!!! (WaAr) Finished Reading 30 de Marzo/March 2014.
Read and Reviewed By De Ann (Native) Townes Jr. Author of (Peer Inside My Soul and See Me) and (A King Among Prince)
Nothing dramatic, her stand is much more realistic and in the realm of possibility.
Eleanor is a fun character, one I liked almost from the get go and loved by the end of the story.
I had a bit of a problem with how the author sets up scenes to get Eleanor from one confrontation to the next. These scenes turns long at times. It seems, TAKE NOTE for me, in book one to serve little real function apart from making time go by until the next sequence of events can take place. Once these scenes plays out and Eleanor is again back in the lime light fighting odds that would have me bawling like a two year old.
I love the main protagonists, and love to hate the main evil guy and his cronies.
All in all a fun read and I would love to read more by this author later.